Budget deal reduces electronic government fund

President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement covering federal spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year on Friday. The FY 2011 budget agreement indicates that the electronic government fund will be reduced to $8 million from the $34 million appropriated in FY 2010. This is a reduction to 1/4 of its previous funding.  Some projects facing reduced funding include the information repository Data.gov, the government-spending reporting site USASpending.gov, and IT Dashboard.  It is unclear which programs will be cut or eliminated. According to the Washington Post, “Only USASpending.gov is required to operate by law — the other two sites were established by Obama through executive actions and are not guaranteed federal funding.”

More than 10 organizations and nearly 10,000 individuals have called upon Congress to “save the data.”

Source: Sunlight Foundation; Guardian; Washington Post

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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